After sailing the Hatchery the other day, we decided to pack up camp and head for the coast (again).
On our way out of town we cruised by Chinook headquarters in Cascade Locks to see where all of the bits and pieces that keep the sport of windsurfing together are made.
Dan at Chinook was more than willing to show us around the place. Most of everything is made right there, from carbon extensions, carbon booms right down to the nuts and bolts.
Here's the plastic molding device that churns out boom heads, clamps, tail pieces, vent plugs, etc., etc., etc.
Plastic pellets go in one side, and windsurfing hardware comes out the other end.
Ever wonder where all those odd shaped bolts and washers and screws come from? Right here from this lathe, hand made.
Dan showing off some of the extensions we're going to be testing out for him over the next couple weeks...
If you get a chance stop by and say hi to the guys here.